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re ti suhns

  • n  the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary

  • For one who had reached such lofty heights he was a strange mix of confidence and modesty; bravado and reticence.
  • He, with a gentleman's reticence for airing his losses in public, avoided the subpoena.
  • A man watches a TV news broadcast about North Korean leader Kim Jong Il at the Seoul railway station on July 8 This uncharacteristic reticence could undermine the initial .
News & Articles

  • Obama Opines on Immigration as Test Vote Nears
    President Barack Obama today set aside his reticence on the immigration debate, gathering a disparate group of bill supporters around him for only his second public event to tout the overhaul.
    June 11, 2013 - CQ Politics
  • Mad Men Watch: Will the Circles Be Unbroken?
    Fellow Sterling Cooper & Associates shareholders, Our heroes have rather awkwardly talked about race, often brilliantly talked about gender, and clearly are obsessed with sexuality. They rarely talk about class, though. In America, it’s often unspeakable. And so out of deference to their reticence, let’s not take into account the author of the idea that history repeats itself first as tragedy ...
    June 10, 2013 - Time Magazine
  • Vernon supers hesitant to hand over cash to township redevelopment group
    Supervisors in Vernon Township expressed some reticence to put faith in the Vernon Township Recreation and Development Association’s (VRDA) sustainability without a guarantee from the organization’s officers.
    June 7, 2013 - The Meadville Tribune

  • Jack Layton in Winnipeg Free Press
    This is a reflection of the Harper Conservative government's reticence to put a lot of faith in science and scientific investigation,said Layton.
  • Karl Rove in International Herald Tribune
    There is something admirable in his reticence, but he needs to overcome it,Rove wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion column. "Unless he opens up more, many voters will never know the experiences of his life that show his character,...
  • Martin Scorsese in Reuters
    This is undertaken, not casually,Scorsese said. "It's a great deal of reticence and thinking."

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